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December 2 - 27, 2019

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December 2019

Top "Ten" Books of 2019
2020: A Year of Change & Opportunity at the Library
Book of the Month: Saving the Tasmanian Devil
New Books
What Are We Reading?
What Are We Writing?

Top "Ten" Books of 2019

We hope you enjoy this inside look into the SDZG Library's most-read list for 2019. Our readers show appreciation for SDZG's new publishing initiative and commitment to plant and animal conservation.

Why are eleven, not ten, books listed? We had a tie for tenth place! To request a book by email, please click the link.*

Mama's last hug : animal emotions and what they tell us about ourselves. 2019. Frans de Waal.

The Call : the strategic plan that empowered San Diego Zoo Global to lead the fight against extinction. 2018. Beth Branning.

The Hornbills : Bucerotiformes. 1995. Alan C. Kemp.

The plant messiah : adventures in search of the world's rarest species. 2018. Carlos Magdalena.

Population viability analysis. 2002. Steven R. Beissinger and Dale R. McCullough.

Reintroduction of fish and wildlife populations. 2016. Edited by David S. Jachowski, Joshua J. Millspaugh, Paul L. Angermeier, and Rob Slotow.

Practical wildlife care for veterinary nurses, animal care students and rehabilitators. 2000. Les Stocker.

An invitation to environmental sociology. 2015. Michael Mayerfeld Bell and Loka L. Ashwood.

Arborists' certification study guide. 2010. Sharon J. Lilly. 

Scientific foundations of zoos and aquariums : their role in conservation and research. 2019. edited by Allison B. Kaufman, Meredith J. Bashaw, Terry L. Maple

The revolutionary genius of plants : a new understanding of plant intelligence and behavior. 2018. Stefano Mancuso.

*This service is limited to SDZG Team Members only.


2020: A Year of Change & Opportunity at the Library

The SDZG Library has some changes coming! Assistant Librarian Kathy Elliott will be "semi-retiring" at the end of 2019, but she is eager to continue using her information processing and organizational skills for SDZG. Keep your eyes out for Kathy to "pop-up" elsewhere in our organization, and we look forward to introducing Kathy's replacement in 2020.

A note from Kathy ...

It has been such a pleasure working at the San Diego Zoo Global Library since 2012. SDZG has provided the most rewarding work experience that I have ever had! Our mission to lead the fight against extinction is inspiring and fulfilling, and our team members are supportive, appreciative, and always eager to share their stories and insights. I’ve been honored to serve the organization's information needs, promoting animal welfare at the Zoo and Park and helping to advance our plant and animal conservation programs. I look forward to continuing to do so in the future. Many thanks to Beth Autin, Kate Jirik, and the entire SDZG team as you move into a happy and productive 2020. In gratitude, Kathy Elliott

Kathy, Kate, and Beth — the Library Services team

A note from Beth ...

We will miss Kathy's attention to detail, technical skills, scientific expertise, and artistic talents. Kathy has supported the SDZG Library though many changes during her seven-year tenure, and we thank her for helping bring us to where we are today!  

Book of the Month

Saving the Tasmanian Devil : Recovery Through Science-based Management


Edited by Carolyn J. Hogg, Samantha Fox, David Pemberton and Katherine Belov (2019)

The Tasmanian devil is threatened by Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD), a transmissible form of cancer that has reduced the population by over 80%. Persecution, extreme climate events, vehicle collision and habitat destruction also put pressure on this endangered species. The recovery effort to save the Tasmanian devil commenced over 15 years ago as a collaborative initiative between the Tasmanian government, the Australian government, the Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia, and many research institutions. Saving the Tasmanian Devil documents the journey taken by partner organisations in discovering what DFTD is, the effect it has on wild devil populations, and the outcomes achieved through research and management actions. --Publisher

Four SDZG team members contributed expertise and insight to this excellent resource! See "What Are We Writing?" below for details.

Request the Book of the Month

New Books

Association of Zoos and Aquariums. 2019. Animals reviewed : starred ratings of our feathered, finned, and furry friends. QL77.5 .A55 2019 MAIN

Dehgan, Alex. 2019. The snow leopard project : and other adventures in warzone conservation. QH193 .A33 D44 2019

Hogg, Carolyn J., et al. (eds.) 2019. Saving the Tasmanian devil : recovery through science-based management. QL737 .M33 S28 2019 MAIN

Louv, Richard. 2019. Our wild calling : how connecting with animals can transform our lives--and save theirs. QL85 .L68 2019 MAIN

Schwandt, Hans-Joachim. 2019. The Gila monster Heloderma suspectum : natural history, husbandry and propagation. QL666 .L247 S39 2019 MAIN

Spellenberg, Richard. 2001. National Audubon Society field guide to North American wildflowers : western region. QK142 .S64 2001 MAIN

Wilke, C. 2019. Fundamentals of data visualization : a primer on making informative and compelling figures. HF5721 .W55 2019 MAIN

What Are We Reading?

Our Recent Returns shelf gives insight into what SDZG team members are reading and watching.

What Are We Writing?

Here is a sample of recent SDZG staff publications. Please send us your citations for the next newsletter!

Davis EO, Glikman JA, Nevin O, Convery I, Davis P. 2019. Bears within the Human Landscape: Cultural and Demographic Factors Influencing the Use of Bear Parts in Cambodia and Laos. In: Nevin O, Convery I, Davis P, editors. The Bear: Culture, Nature, Heritage. Newcastle, UK: Boydell. p. 33–45.

Glikman JA, Frank B. 2019. Understanding Local Folklore and Attitudes in Apennine Brown Bear Conservation. In: Nevin O, Convery I, Davis P, editors. The Bear: Culture, Nature, Heritage. Newcastle, UK: Boydell & Brewer.

Grueber CE, McLennan EA. 2019. Genetic tools: maintaining genetic diversity in the Tasmanian devil metapopulation. In: Hogg CJ, Fox S, Pemberton D, Belov K, editors. Saving the Tasmanian Devil: Recovery Through Science-based Management. Clayton South, Australia: CSIRO. p. 55–65.

Sas-Rolfes MT, Challender DWS, Hinsley A, Veríssimo D, Milner-Gulland E j. 2019. Illegal Wildlife Trade: Scale, Processes, and Governance. Annu Rev Environ Resour. 44(1):201–228. doi:10.1146/annurev-environ-101718-033253

Shier DM, Reid-Wainscoat EE, Swaisgood RR. 2019. Use of scent ecology to improve reintroduction outcomes: applications for Tasmanian devils. In: Hogg CJ, Fox S, Pemberton D, Belov K, editors. Saving the Tasmanian Devil:  Recovery Through Science-based Management. Clayton South, Australia: CSIRO. p. 165–174.

Ullmann T, Veríssimo D, Challender DWS. 2019. Evaluating the application of scale frequency to estimate the size of pangolin scale seizures. Global Ecology and Conservation. 20:e00776. doi:10.1016/j.gecco.2019.e00776

Young S, Van Horn RC, Glikman JA. 2019. Reducing Human Impacts on Andean Bears in NW Peru Through Community-based Conservation. In: Nevin O, Convery I, Davis P, editors. The Bear: Culture, Nature, Heritage. Newcastle, UK: Boydell & Brewer. p. 221–231.

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